GEHMS PlanetariumGlastonbury, CT, United States

Solar Eclipse Show & Event

By GEHMS Planetarium (other events)

Monday, August 21 2017 12:00 PM 4:00 PM

The Glastonbury Planetarium will hold the Eclipse 2017 Observing Event on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, just outside the planetarium.  The event will run from noon to 4:00 p.m., with the point of maximum eclipse occurring at 2:45 p.m. local time.

The Great American Eclipse of 2017 will be the first total solar eclipse in the contiguous United States since 1979. Although the Connecticut area is not in the line of totality, Hartford will experience a maximum of 66.8% partial eclipse. 

Planetarium staff will have properly-filtered telescopes and eclipse glasses for viewing the eclipse (assuming clear skies). There will also be several short presentations during the event for those interested in learning more about the eclipse itself and the science behind it.

At 12:00 we'll show our Eclipse Planetarium Show.  As seating is limited, tickets need to be purchased for the show.  Tickets are not needed for telescope viewing after 1 p.m. (assuming clear skies)

Planetarium Show 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Observing 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Partial solar eclipse at Hartford
Hartford experiences a maximum of 66.8% partial eclipse. Drive to the path of total eclipse to see nature's grandest spectacle. Drive time is 12 hours and 39 minutes. It is 813 miles to eclipse center line.

1:25:25 p.m. EDT, eclipse begins
2:45:22 p.m. EDT, maximum eclipse
3:59:33 p.m. EDT, eclipse ends

Partial solar eclipse lasts 2 hours, 34 minutes, 7 seconds.

More Information

You can also purchase your tickets at the door via a credit card.  We are not able to handle cash transactions. Doors open 30 minutes before the show.  Seating is on a first-come basis.  No late arrivals! We cannot admit guests after show has started. Please arrive on time.

Our planetariums shows are open to all ages but here are some things to consider.  Matinee shows are usually geared for kids 7 and under.  Evening shows are generally geared for ages 8 and up, lasting anywhere from 60 - 90 minutes.  Weather and time permitting we will include telescope viewing.  Dress appropriately for the weather.  The Cosmic Concert Music Series shows are definitely best suited for young adults and adults.  All guests should be comfortable with sitting in the dark for an extended period of time.  We want everyone to have a great time and be inspired by the awesomeness of the universe. 

Please contact us at or (860) 633 - 4455 ext 4923 with questions. 


Mailing Address

95 Oak Street Glastonbury, CT 06033